[link=http://www.superherohype.com/news/topnews.php?id=6185]Matthew Vaughn to Direct Thor[/link] Marvel Studios is setting Matthew Vaughn to direct Thor, based on the Marvel Comics character. Marvel is aiming for a pre-strike production start this winter. Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) did the adaptation of the comic book franchise that launched in 1962. Thor is a blonde-tressed, hammer-wielding hero who's sent to Earth to protect mankind. Vaughn's deal is closing just as Paramount releases the Vaughn-directed Stardust today. Thor marks Vaughn's second effort at a superhero pic. He was attached to direct X-Men: The Last Stand before bowing out for personal reasons. Vaughn, who produced the Guy Ritchie-directed films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, made his directing debut with the Daniel Craig starrer Layer Cake. [hr] Will they go the Donald Blake story? I hope so. It'll be nice to have that human element there.